Archive for May, 2009

Senator Rockefeller patterns a healthcare ‘reform’ bill on the Federal Reserve

Things are getting stranger and stranger in D.C. and the promise of change now definitely looks like the same old game with Medicare: invite the HMOs in to brainstorm cuts in services to people who need them most.

Government is robbing us blind

The Rudd Government’s plan to slash the Medicare rebate on cataract surgery from November is a false economy that literally poses the risk of condemning many people to a life of blindness.

Medicare fraud topic of seminars

The Alamo Service Connection is sponsoring three educational seminars for seniors regarding the prevention of Medicare fraud.

Texas man is accused of Medicare fraud

A Texas man set up shop in Derry to defraud the Medicare system with bogus orders, federal prosecutors claim. Mento Nnana Kaluanya, of Houston, opened HyCentral Medical Supply at 121 W….

Extended Medicare safety net review report

Creator: Elizabeth Savage This report presents an evidence-based review of the Extended Medicare Safety Net , which was introduced at a time when Australians were facing substantial increases in out-of-pocket costs for their medical services. Subtopics: Health Subtopics: Health policy Health

States consider scaling back funding for Medicare drug benefit amid economic crisis

At least six states have considered eliminating or reducing financial assistance for those enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug benefit program who are affected by the “doughnut hole,” or gap in coverage, the AP/Boston Herald reports.

Education Campaign Needed on Social Security, Medicare Woes, Expert Says

Painful but inevitable Social Security and Medicare reforms will be difficult to sell because years of partisan wrangling have clouded the public’s grasp of the programs’ dire financial problems, a former government economic adviser warns.

Insurer sees ways to save on Medicare

Associated Press Washington — A major health insurer says the government can save more than $500 billion in Medicare spending by sending patients to less expensive, more efficient doctors, reducing hospital visits by the elderly and cutting unnecessary care.

Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to Medicare fraud

The owner of a Hialeah pharmacy has pleaded guilty to charges she submitted more than $5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Overwhelming Medicare Plan Choices Spell Confusion

In a sign of the challenges facing seniors on Medicare, a new study finds that older Americans are more likely to make poor choices when faced with a wide array of drug-coverage plans.

Texas man charged with bilking Medicare

CONCORD, N.H.—A Texas man is being held without bail in New Hampshire after being charged with bilking Medicare out of more than $1.5 million by setting up a fraudulent medical supply company.

Texas man charged with $1.5M Medicare fraud

CONCORD – A Texas man set up shop in Derry to defraud the Medicare system with bogus orders, federal prosecutors charge….

Social Security, Medicare Shortages Hurt W.Va.

The trust funds powering Social Security and Medicare are running dry, and one West Virginia economist says it’s a national problem that won’t single out the Mountain State and its high percentage of older residents.

Health insurer shares ideas to help Medicare

A major health insurer says the government can save more than $500 billion in Medicare spending by sending patients to less expensive, more efficient doctors; reducing hospital visits by the elderly; and cutting unnecessary care.

Low-income Medicare levy threshold to rise

The Medicare levy threshold for low-income households and pensioners below the pension age will be raised under a Bill introduced in Parliament. The increases for individuals and families will put the